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    Copper alloy buckle: large oval inclined loop with tongue-rest decorated with incised profile confronted animals; hinged triangular plate lobed for three pairs of domed-head pseudo-rivets and larger one on disc terminal with milled edge and surrounded by three smaller; incised ladder-pattern Style II animal in an interlace zigzag and backward-looking double-headed animal at hinge end; attachment lugs at back; tongue missing.


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    • 7thC
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    • Length: 16.2 centimetres
  • Curator's comments

    Comment from Kidd, Haith & Ager ‘Summary Catalogue’ (draft MS)

    GRIVAUD DE LA VINCELLE C.M. 1817. Recueil de monuments antiques, la plupart inédits, et découverts dans l'ancienne Gaule, 3 vols. Paris, vol. II, p. 64, vol. III, pl. VII:1 (visual identification only)
    PÉRIN P. 1980. La datation des tombes mérovingiennes, Centre de recherches d'histoire et de philologie de la IVe section de l'École Pratique des Hautes Études V. Hautes Études Médiévales et Modernes 39. Paris, p. 13, pl. V:1 (plate reproduced)


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    Repaired terminal.

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    Britain, Europe and Prehistory

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